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Top 5 Sequels of This Generation

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Top 5 Sequels of This Generation

The holidays are almost upon us, and the games couldn’t be any bigger.  Sequels are bombarding us around every corner; only time will tell if they can live up to their predecessors.  In the hopes that they will (I’m looking at you Fallout: New Vegas), here are some sequels from this generation that delivered on their promise.

5) God of War 3

There is probably a more ergonomic way to do this!

As big, bold, and bloody as anything God of War fans could hope for, the “final” game in the trilogy truly operated on an epic scale. You literally fought a Titan and then killed said Titan. Last time I checked, that was pretty big. The game delivered on everything it promised and gave us more of the giant jerk we’ve come to love. By love I of course mean enjoy playing as him and cutting people in half.

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Top 5 Actors who should play Video Game Characters

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Top 5 Actors who should play Video Game Characters

With Prince of Persia wall-running its way into theatres it’s easy to get excited about the possibilities of other video game movies. Hopefully video game movies that Nelson doesn’t compare to Aladdin.  And what do movies need? Actors! So here are my top 5 actors who should play video game characters.

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Mass Effect movie gets one step closer to reality

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Mass Effect movie gets one step closer to reality

Mass Effect fans, get ready.  Legendary pictures has acquired rights from Electronic Arts and Bioware to make a movie.  This is the same studio that is already making another hit video game movie for World of Warcraft.  Our resident Mass Effect fan, Andrew, is kind of scared that this could ruin the franchise.

Commander Shepard is coming to the big screen. The elite soldier—and star of the hit sci-fi video game Mass Effect—is getting a feature film on top of his successful games series. For Legendary Pictures has signed a deal with Electronic Arts and Bioware for the property and they are in talks with writer Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) to draft a screenplay based on the epic game. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce the movie with Avi and Ari Arad. The centerpiece of the game is Shepard and his team’s mission to defeat an ancient alien race that invades the galaxy every 50,000 years.

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Top 5 XBOX 360 Exclusives

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Top 5 XBOX 360 Exclusives

Microsoft has certainly made a huge impact with this generation of gaming. Carrying ovwer the momentum from the original Xbox the Xbox 360 has been a huge succes with millions of gamers logging on to Xbox-Live every night to rain some fire upon fools heads. Here is my Top 5 list of 360 exclusives.
5)Left 4 Dead

I’ll admit I wasn’t that excited for Left 4 Dead when I first heard about it.  Maybe it was the hand holding up four fingers.  Thought it was cheesy.  But then the game dropped and blew everybody away with it’s well oiled mechanics and addictive team based missions. When my friends and I picked it up we litterally played through every campaign in one sitting. With great adrenaline pumping moments and wonderful gameplay Left 4 Dead was a welcome addition to the 360 family.

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In Defense of Choice

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In Defense of Choice

“It seems as though the floodgates are beginning to creak open on inFamous, including the revelation of “Karma Moments” – a tracked morality system with effects on player progression. It wasn’t meant to be funny, but for some reason we found it very funny, because like many mechanisms of this kind your choices tend to come down to being an omnibenevolent supercherub or the Goddamned devil.”

Tycho Brahe, on inFamous.

Well, that pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it? What more can be said? When no less a luminary than Tycho himself derides the moral choice mechanic as a cheap, hackneyed, and two-dimensional trope, who am I to deny him?

Disdain for such moral choice mechanics has become almost as omnipresent a fandom meme in certain circles as hatred for Japanese RPGs. Critics decry their moral extremism, forcing players to play a saint or a Saturday morning cartoon villain. Another common criticism paints them as cheap ways introduce fake content into a title, squeezing out a few more repetitive hours of game time for 100% completion. And even in cases where the moral choice seems significant, some critics claim their practical effect on the storyline is almost nil, bar the ending cutscene. Can the mechanic be defended, against the weight of such animosity?

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Top Five Reasons Mass Effect 2 is going to melt your face

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Here are my top 5 reasons that Mass Effect 2 is going to leave you bare footed. (Because it will rock your socks off…..see what I did there)

5) The Cinematography

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How many times are you playing a game and you are really enjoying it but find the camera angles a bit lacking? I mean even in BioWare‘s last game, the amazing Dragon Age , I would find myself with a camera aimed awkwardly at my chest during half of the cut scenes and almost all of the dialogue shots. But the shots in Mass Effect 2 look like Spielberg is behind the helm. I mean there are shots that are actually creating tension on their own!

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Mass Effect 2 – Sex Scenes [SFW – Spoilers]

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Now that the hype of Mass Effect 2 is out and about, as well as the the whole PC version on torrent, people have been posting up spoilers left and right.  In the spoilers below, Shepard gets a little hot and steamy with some other characters in the game. Go past the break to see the other 3.  Don’t worry, they are all SFW.

Mass Effect 2 comes out this Tuesday.

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Mass Effect 2 – New Trailers

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Mass Effect 2 is hitting stores January 26 2010, if you played the first you know that it is going to melt your face off with pure space joy/guns/ missions/ and alien interactions (wink wink).

From a preview stand point here are some reasons why it will be the first major game of the decade and most of it is due to Bioware developing a solid game and improving on that.

I can’t tell you how important storytelling is for a game that could well overtake your life. Mass Effect 2 could have been a great game where you fly around a shoot stuff, but because of the story it was a game that you CARED about where you went and what you shot. I’m not going to spoil parts of the game with people who haven’t played it, but in the first there are some truly heartbreaking and tough calls you have to make as Shepard. This time around it seems a lot darker and more grit than Clint Eastwood making coffee. Will this direction effect the grand arc of the story poorly or be and added bonus? I’ll bet most people are fine with this change, and I am as well as long as it is supported in the story and not badass for badass’ sake.

3 more new trailers past the break.

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Mass Effect 2 hands on at Eurogamer Expo London

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The follow up to the wildly popular Xbox 360 and PC game Mass Effect is set to hit the streets in January 26th in America and 29th 2010 in Europe. Mass Effect 2  is set two years after the conclusion of the original having stopped the Reaper invasion, Commander Shepard must join forces with Cerberus, recruiting some of the galaxy’s most dangerous operatives in a bid to find out what’s causing the miraculous vanishing of entire human colonies. Read On